Thousands of animals enter our Animal Care and Regulation (ACR) Shelter every year and are typically adopted quickly into their new forever homes. However, some animals need additional support and attention before they are available for adoption. Whereas others need rescue groups to facilitate long term care outside the shelter. It is for these special animals that ACR has recently hired Meghan Ramczyk, our new Foster/Rescue Coordinator.
“Our goal is to save lives; it’s an ongoing effort to help as many animals as we can by getting them off the streets and into a shelter, and ultimately to find them a home,” said Dave Dickinson, Director of Animal Care and Regulation. “But what many don’t realize is that there are many animals that reach our shelter that need further medical attention or socialization prior to adoption or placement,” he added.
The Foster/Rescue Coordinator plays a vital role in ACR’s ultimate goal to save lives and fight animal overpopulation by facilitating resources for the animals that are not immediately adoptable. Having either failed their medical or behavior examinations, these animals have issues ranging from broken bones to skin allergies, or food aggression to even simple shyness. The Foster/Rescue Coordinator ensures these animals get the proper medical and social attention they need to help them become candidates for adoption; or, in some cases, the animals are networked to find rescue groups that can take responsibility for them.
Meghan Ramczyk has always had a love for animals and is happy to play such a vital role in the adoption process as the new Foster/Rescue Coordinator.
“Animals have always been my passion. I have had several pets of my own and began working with them in high school as a dog-sitter,” said Ramczyk. “This job is special to me, not just because I get to work with animals, but because I come into work every day knowing I have the opportunity to save a life,” she added.
Prior to working for Sacramento County’s Animal Care and Regulation, Ramczyk spent 3 years working for the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA); 2 years as a Care Attendant and her last year as a Foster Liaison. She looks forward to what lies ahead in her career with Animal Care and Regulation, and urges residents to spay and neuter, and keep a commitment to their animals.
For more information about low-cost spay/neuter programs, or to learn more about what you can do to help the animals, visit the Animal Care and Regulation website.
Writer: Danielle Spang, Communication and Media Intern